Man calls cops on neighbor, ends up with citation

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A man who called authorities to report that he had been threatened by his neighbor ended up receiving a citation for having a vicious dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of S. 9th Avenue at about 6:13 p.m. on March 20 regarding a complaint about threatening. Upon arrival at the origin of the call, the caller admitted that his pit bull dog jumped out of his backyard and killed his neighbor’s cat. The caller, identified as Eloy Otero, 38, said he then got into a verbal argument with his neighbor that ended with the neighbor threatening him with a gun.

The officer spoke to Otero’s 69-year-old neighbor, who said he was in his backyard with his cat when Otero’s pit bull jumped over the fence and killed his cat. The two men then began arguing and the neighbor said Otero told him he would “kick his (expletive deleted).” At that point, the neighbor advised he told Otero to stay away and that he had a gun in the house.

The officer investigated the yard and saw where a stack of wood on Otero’s side of the fence allowed the dog to climb up and cross into the neighbor’s yard. The stack was still there after the incident, and the officer reported it didn’t appear as if Otero had taken any measures to prevent the dog from getting out of his yard again.

The officer then gave a citation to Otero for having a vicious dog at large and gave the neighbor a victim’s rights form. The officer then stuck around and dug a hold for the neighbor so he could bury his cat.